One recent weekend, after dropping my son off at church camp, my husband and I decided to eat at a restaurant nearby that we like but never get to go to because of the great distance from our house. But the camp drop-off went much smoother and quicker than we anticipated (son’s M.O.: Lose the parental units ASAP! Pre-teens, don’t you know?) and that left us with a bit of extra time on our hands. So we stopped at a mall close by to poke around. DH left me and headed off to the men’s section. OK, I thought, I’ll brave the perfume counters to see if there’s anything new and/or interesting out there in the mainstream.
Well, no and no, not surprisingly. If this were Saks or Neiman’s or even Nordstrom, there might have been possibilities, but no, not here. I went around and around the fragrance bays and they seemed to be overrun with celebrity scents. It’s like they just kept multiplying and multiplying until there was no room left for anything else. Finally, I came across a tray or two that looked somewhat less starstruck. Here’s what I found to test:
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess: Two bottles were out, one called a skin scent and the other a spray oil. I opted for the skin scent. It was rather pleasant with its soft, tropical beachy ambience and made me long for vacation. If someone gave me a bottle of this, I could see myself wearing it. Truth be told, I was really hoping to try EL’s Tuberose Gardenia body cream or lotion but that was nowhere to be seen. I think that even if the counter has it for sale, they don’t offer it as a tester.
Oscar de la Renta EDT: Sprayed this on one wrist and immediately regretted it. Yuck! Not sure what they did to it but it surely didn’t resemble the Oscar of old, as I remember it — not even close. I rarely say this about fragrances, but the words “bug spray” popped into my head.
Oscar de la Renta EDP: Now this is a little more like it. Not quite the original scent, but at least it was somewhat recognizable as such. I’ll still take vintage any day, or even the quite nice L’Esprit d’ Oscar, but this would do in a pinch.
What mainstream scents have come across your radar lately?